By Melody Vallieu
March 21, 2014
PIQUA — Twenty-six employees were recognized for a combined total of 265 years of service in their careers at Edison Community College’s 35th annual employee recognition banquet on, March 7.
In keeping with the theme of Edison’s 40th anniversary, employees were asked to share what they were doing and where were they when the College opened its doors in 1973, their favorite moment at Edison, and interesting information about themselves. Peers were also asked to contribute interesting facts about the honorees during a portion of the presentation titled “word on the street”.
Within the College’s newly released Strategic Master Plan, Key Result 1 focuses on Positive Employee Engagement. Linda Peltier, Vice President for Strategic Human Resources, hosted and emceed the event. “It is an honor to recognize our employees who are engaged, dedicated to organizational excellence, and are committed to the success of our students,” said Peltier.
The following employees were recognized for reaching significant milestones in their careers at Edison: 25 years: Alice Burger; 20 years: Betty Blue, Janice Michael, Rhonda Rich, Kathi Richards and Natalie Rindler; 15 years: Lisa Allred, Cathy Barrow; 10 years: Eva Maloney, Steve Rogge, Karen Stafford and Gwen Stevenson; Five years: Jerry Alexander, Marva Archibald, Jill Bobb, Mary Bornhorst, Tom Boyd, Loleta Collins, Rachael Detraz, Sharon Farling, Maura Felts, Herbert Head, David Lambert, Alisa Van Overstraeten, Leah Shreves and Julie Willenbrink.
During the banquet, it was announced that Dr. Phillip C. Lootens would be added to Edison’s “Wall of Memories.” The “Wall of Memories,” established in 1998 by members of the Academic Forum, is dedicated to past Edison employees who made a difference in the lives of all at Edison and will forever be recognized as part of the College community.
Dr. Lootens significantly contributed to the programs and processes that the College practices today. Although he is now retired from Edison, Lootens continues to be a prominent advocate of the College. Kim Kiehl, administrative assistant and data generalist for the senior vice president of academic affairs nominated Lootens and Iden Smith, retired Edison faculty member and colleague of Lootens provided remarks.